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Department Sports Medicine
Primary Location Lakewood Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Lakewood Family Health Center
Primary Location

Lakewood Family Health Center

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Acute Fracture Care
  • Acute Sports Injuries
  • Adolescent Orthopaedics
  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Concussion Evaluation & Testing
  • Exercise Counseling
  • Fitness
  • Fitness And Nutrition As Part Of The Orthopaedic Treatment Plan
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand Injection
  • Knee Injections
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Problems
  • Management Of Sports Concussions
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Medicine
  • Prevention And Treatment Of Injuries In The Aging Athlete
  • Prevention And Wellness
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Physicals
  • Sports Safety
  • Steroid Injections
  • Student Health
  • Women's Sports Health
View all 25 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Achilles Tendon Injury
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Acute Foot Pain
  • Acute Sports Injuries
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Ankle Pain
  • Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist & Hand
  • Athletic Ankle Injury
  • Athletic Elbow Injury
  • Athletic Foot Injury
  • Athletic Knee Injury
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever's Disease)
  • Calcaneal Bursitis
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Concussions
  • Concussions, Pediatric
  • Dance Injuries
  • De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
  • DeQuervain's Disease
  • Elbow Pain & Injury
  • Foot & Ankle Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Hand and Wrist Injuries
  • Hand Related Sports Injuries
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Sports Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Running Injuries
  • Sever’s Disease
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries in Baseball
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Sprain/Strain
  • Sports Concussion
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports-Related Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Trigger Finger and De Quervain's Disease
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Turf Toe
  • Wrist Sprain
View all 59 Specialties +


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About Marie Schaefer, MD

Marie Schaefer, MD is a staff physician with appointments in both the Orthopedic and Rheumatologic Institute and Medicine Institute. She is board certified in Family Medicine with a specialty certification in Primary Care Sports Medicine.  She works primarily in the Center for Sports Health and serves as the Head Team Physician and NCAA Health Care Administrator for Cleveland State University.

She is from Parma, OH and completed her undergraduate studies at Ohio Wesleyan University prior to attending Yale School of Medicine.  Upon graduation, she completed a residency in Family Medicine at the Ohio State University and completed a pediatric and adult Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

She holds a faculty position of Clinical Assistant Professor in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.  She is also the team physician of Lakewood High School and the Verb Ballets company.

Dr. Schaefer enjoys working with athletes and active people of all ages in injury treatment and prevention. She has specialty training in working with pediatric athletes including concussion management.  Her specialty interests include non-operative management of orthopaedic conditions, acute and chronic sports injuries, tendon or ligament conditions, and management of medical problems in sports.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Nationwide Children's Hospital
Sports Medicine
Columbus, OH USA

Residency - The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Family Medicine
Columbus, OH USA

Medical Education - Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT USA

Undergraduate - Ohio Wesleyan University
Politics and Government
Delaware, OH USA


  • Family Medicine - Sports Medicine
  • Family Medicine - Family Medicine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 6/20/2021, Dr. Schaefer has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

227 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
5 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

44 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2021

Very good. The first doctor who has actually tried to help me.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Dr. Schaeffer is very professional and courteous. SHE ALWAYS greets me with a smile! Always concerned about my overall wellbeing, including improvement or decline of injury. Very attentive, always Informs me of next steps. Since day 1 - she has been wonderful !!I will/would recommend her for orthopedic needs. She's a keeper!!! :-)

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

We always receive excellent care from Dr. Schaefer. She's kind and personable, professional and will always be our first choice for sports injury and care

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

I do not like the"care giver concept" I HAVE NO INTEREST IN GATE KEEPERS TO MY PHYSICIAN. DR Schrieffer is outstanding ,experienced,current on new developments excellent communicator ...DR exemplifies what keeps the CC amongst the leaders...a top notch asset.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

Hi. I like dr.. Shaefer very much. She showed me my xray, explained and checked my foot by actually touching it to check it out.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

Dr. Schaefer is quite knowledgeable, companionate and quite personable. she also puts her words into action, ie prescriptions and follow up.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Dr. Schaefer is simply amazing always thorough and very attentive

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Excellent Doctor. I am doing much better without any surgery thanks to her treatment recommendations.

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

This Dr was exceptional in all aspects of my care! I would highly recommend this Dr and her practice to anyone in need of ortho care.

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

I'll definitely be recommending Dr. Schaefer; she's so good and her care is evident.

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Dr. Schaefer is so very pleasant to work with, we have loved her for years.

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

excellent treatment from Dr. Shafer and staff

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Excellent experience with care provider

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

Dr Schaefer really friendly and kind

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Dr. Schaefer always considers me and discusses the plan and course of treatment with me. She is thorough and she is gentle.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

As a new patient, I thought the doctor was very thorough in assessing situation.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Dr Schaefer is a keeper. She is knowledgeable, great personality, friendly and caring.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

Dr. Schaefer is wonderful. We discussed options for my knee problem settled on one that would work best

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

Both Jason and Dr. Schaefer were a joy to be with. My daughter was very apprehensive going into the appointment, and they calmed her fears by walking her through the entire recovery process. We had a bad experience at the Avon ED; my daughter didn't believe this appointment would be any different. Jason and Dr. Schaefer proved her wrong. We appreciated their empathy, knowledge, and care.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

Excellent Doctor

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

Dr. Schaefer was excellent. She listened intently, provided information, and was caring, knowledgeable, and personable. I appreciated how she shared and explained my X-rays and suggested a game plan. Dr. Schaefer made sure she answered every question I brought. I felt optimistic and in good hands when I left.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

I think Dr Schaefer is terrific. She is bubbly, kind, knowledgeable and efficient (but not to the point of ignoring or hurrying someone.) I would highly recommend her to someone looking for an orthopedic(sp?) doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Dr. Schaefer was incredible. she listened closely, didn't jump to conclusions about my symptoms. she included me in the treatment decision from which medication I would prefer to the course I felt was best after she gave me options.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Dr. Schaefer is a very nice person and very caring. it's always a great experience.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

one of the most professional doctors that I have ever had

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

Marie Shaefer is a fabulous doctor. She is an intelligent problem solver with great listening skills and a warm and caring personality. I am so thankful I found her.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

I would not hesitate to recommend dr. Schaefer to anyone.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

Dr. Schaefer is a very kind and caring physician. She really listens when I describe my health issues. She is not rushed, she takes her time and does not rush me.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

Dr.Schaefer and her student were very professional and took the time to answer all of my questions regarding my acl tear. I cannot thank them enough for spending the time to talk with me, extremely impressed with their care.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2021

it seems u have doctors shortage.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2021

The doctor took the time and listened to my son explain his injury

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

It was very efficient, Dr. Schaefer was great, she diagnosed me properly and the treatment worked.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

Dr. Schaefer was one of the most caring and kind doctors I have ever gone to.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

*Dr. Schaefer was very caring. Took time to explain everything, answered our questions and she really cared about my son. Hopefully we don't neet to go back but if we did we would see *Dr. Schaefer again.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

excellent experience. Dr. Schaefer listened to my concerns and gave valuable advice. she was prepared and had researched the issues.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

it is very easy working with Dr. Schaefer and her office. The only issue was confusion as to which location my appointment was supposed to be. Once realized, they went above and beyond fitting me in her schedule.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

very kind doctor ... she really takes the time to find the problem and explains things .. she takes care of my hands which i have carpal tunnel syndrome .she takes care of my pain really well ... this earth needs more doctors like her ! her team is the best !

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

Exceptional. Dr. Schaefer is a great listener as well as a great teacher. She is very patient-centered making sure to do a through exam and she had reviewed the chart throughly and ask great questions to fully understand the injury and history.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

The doctor was phenomenal

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

Dr Schaefer is amazing-she asked great questions to get to the root of my ankle issue and eeven asked how it affected my other joints. she was very thorough!

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020

Doctor was thorough and excellent in listening about and assessing injury

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

Dr schafier is kind ,caring and confident in her ability to treat me. Her expertise has maintained my ability to get relief of pain.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

Dr. M. Schaefer is providing an excellent medical care for me; and am very happy. Have seen a great improvement in my wellbeing.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Dr. Schaefer and her assistant worked seamlessly together. The whole visit was positive and supportive.

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